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Southern Ghost [Mass Market Paperback]

Carolyn G. Hart
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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July 1 1993
Bookstore owner Annie Darling must set aside her shame and do some serious sleuthing when her husband Max becomes the prime suspect in an unspecified crime involving a beautiful blonde. Reprint. PW.

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Hart offers a pleasing eighth entry in her multiple award-winning (Agatha, Anthony and Macavity) cozy/Southern gothic series starring mystery bookstore owner Annie Darling and her sleuth husband, Max. In 1970, the son of South Carolina's prominent Tarrant family takes his life in the aftermath of antiwar protests; his father, in shock, also dies. His mother soon dies of grief and a baby, a cousin, drowns. Dark deeds come to light 20 years later, when a young woman eager to to find her true parents reopens old wounds, aided by an elderly aunt who brings in outside help, namely Max and Annie. While Hart sidetracks us with an excess of cat lore, the tiresome supernatural musings of Max's mother and such genre stereotypes as the crusty, all-knowing matriarch and a drunken daughter, in the end she whips all into a remarkably satisfying tale. The segues to the dark night 22 years ago are chillingly effective and tantalizingly brief. A seasoned mystery maker, Hart ( The Christie Caper ), who is current president of Sisters in Crime, earns the devotion of her following.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Had he lived to be an old man, Ross Tarrant's face, stripped of every vestige of youth and joy, would have looked much as it did in that last hour: brooding pain-filled eyes deep-sunken, grayish skin stretched taut over prominent cheekbones, finely chiseled lips pressed hard to prevent a telltale tremor. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The style Ms. Hart chose for this mystery kept me on the edge of my seat. It wasn't as funny as her previous tales, but certainly suspenseful. I loved her method of travelling back in time to give tidbits of information that would puzzle and then illuminate. As always, her setting is intricately woven into her story and you can feel and smell South Carolina before you are done. One of her best in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Skeletons in the family closet June 20 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Max Darling receives a panicky phone call from his client, Courtney Kimball. She urges him to meet with her immediately but when he arrives at the agreed-upon place, she does not show up. When they do some investigating Max and his wife Annie find that Courtney has just discovered that she is part of the wealthy and powerful Tarrant family. She wants Max to find out who murdered her father and grandfather in 1970. Max and Annie figure that it has to be either a family member or one of the servants, since they were the only ones with motive and opportunity. They travel to the family home and interview each of the suspects, finding that each person has a motive for the murders. Max and Annie discover many secrets in the Tarrant family and that wealth and prominence do not make them immune from tragedy, greed, and deceit. This is a page-turner that will keep you guessing until the very end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Enjoyable Quandry July 2 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Southern Ghost was one of the stronger books in the Death on Demand Series. It seems the characters and the stories get stronger as the series progresses. This story includes a large number of local ghost stories that add a real flavor for the past to the mystery at hand. The story has Hart's usual references to a multitude of mystery authors and books, as well as some of the more colorful characters from past books in this series. Including characters like Miss Dora and Sybil added zip to what was already a well planned mystery and gave readers a deeper sense of the area that the books are set in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat bizarre Aug. 8 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
It gets a little annoying when mysteries become politically correct and are used to make societal statements. If you are politically correct, try this and some of Nancy Pickard's books. They have the same effect.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Uninteresting and weak Feb. 27 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The style did not appeal to me the way she injected useless information and in doind so breaking dialouge into segments. This weakened the dialouge and the flow of the book. The ending seemed unimaginative after the creative beginning. I had high expectations for this book but the book fell far short.
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